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Beef row, Zakir Naik, terrorism discussed during ongoing RSS meeting in Kanpur

Catch Team | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

Much seems to be on the table for the RSS national executive committee, currently convening in Kanpur's Maharana Pratap Engineering College.

According to Sangh sources, the committee has already discussed the issues of Mathura violence, Dadri beef lynching episode, the plight of Bundelkhand farmers, the Zakir Naik controversy and the upcoming state elections during the first one-and-a-half days of the meeting. The Sangh leaders purportedly expressed worry at the fallout of these issues and assessed the political situation in the state.

The RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is reportedly conducting separate meetings with senior functionaries and Prant Pracharaks after the shakha's conclusion.

The five-day meeting began on Monday. RSS may decide to take some of these issues that the masses have been facing, if signals from the meeting are any indication.

Terrorism on Agenda

The RSS is concerned about the alleged attempts to vitiate the atmosphere against the majority community in UP. The executive will deliberate upon reaching out to the masses with this issue.

The sources within the RSS have confirmed that the executive committee has expressed its worry over the prevailing circumstances in the country. It has also recognized out a total of eight nationwide issues and discussed Sangh's role in them. Maintaining communal harmony, security of borders, the spread of terrorism, Kashmir unrest, the increasing population of Muslims and controversy surrounding Zakir Naik are among these issues.

These issues have dominated the training sessions of Pracharaks and various meeting sessions of various functionaries during the meet. The Sangh leaders are also purportedly mindful of the alleged exodus of Hindus from Kairana and the situation in Kandhla.

Prominent BJP Leaders To Participate In The Meeting

The RSS is likely to play a major role in BJP's campaign for the UP state elections. This is the region top party leadership will participate in the meeting. Rajnath Singh, Kalraj Mishra, UP state president Keshav Prasad Maurya, National General Secretary (organisation) Ram Lal, State General Secretary (organisation) Sunil Bansal, state party in-charge Om Mathur are among the prominent BJP leaders expected to mark their presence in the meeting. Besides, Union Minister Niranjan Jyoti and Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath will also attend the meeting.

RSS Expansion Plans

Special training sessions are being organised for prant pracharks during the meeting. Senior Sangh leaders, including Mohan Bhagwat, Krishan Gopal, Suresh Soni, V. Bhagaiah, Dattatreya Hosabale, Swant Ranjan are presiding over these sessions. The focus of these training sessions is to prepare the pracharaks for emerging challenges and guiding them for the expansion of RSS shakhas.

Mohan Bhagwat has exhorted the RSS workers to spread the Sangh's reach to every village of UP. The functionaries of the core committee have asked the activists to concentrate their full energy on the expansion plan.

The Sangh top brass is likely to ask its national leaders to give their maximum time to the state in the run-up to the elections.

According to Sangh sources, all the six top leaders of RSS, including Mohan Bhagwat, are taking separate meetings of Prant Pracharaks to apprise them of the Sangh strategy. Motivating the youth to join RSS ranks is also on the agenda of the meeting.

The RSS will start an awareness campaign in universities and coaching institutions to meet this purpose. The Sangh leaders view youth as the key to its expansion plans to every street and village of the state. In their view, such an expansion would facilitate the mission of 'character building' of the youth and contribute to the nation building.

The series of meetings is being held in two phases in two separate buildings. The Prant Pracharaks apprised the core committee of the difficulties they face during their day-to-day activities at these meetings. They were apparently told to groom the junior leadership and not to vouch for the top posts.

First published: 12 July 2016, 4:48 IST